Schöck ComBAR®: Project Updatevon Lena Helmts
Border crossing North Channel Bridge and Canal Bridge are two projects in eastern Ontario highlighted today as well as ComBAR®’s application as part of Toronto’s LRT expansion project.
In our last Schöck newsletter Bonnechere Bridge was introduced. This project is now at phase two and is expected to be completed by fall 2012.
North Channel Bridge and Canal Bridge are both part of the Three Nations Bridge Crossing project in Cornwall, Ontario (also called the Seaway International Bridge). The international border crossing was named in honour of the Mohawks of Akwesasne who inhabit the region. Three bridges (3rd is the South Channel bridge) over St. Lawrence River connect Cornwall with Rooseveltown, New York in the United States over a total length of 4.7 km. The existing high level North Channel Bridge, spanning between Cornwall and Cornwall Island, is being replaced with a new low level bridge. The contract also included the new construction of Canal Bridge.
Schöck ComBAR® was used as reinforcement in the curbs, sidewalks, retaining walls and the north landing plaza in the new 360 m long and 15 m wide North Channel Bridge in July/August 2012. The next delivery of ComBAR® for deck and sidewalk reinforcement is expected for October 2012. In Canal Bridge ComBAR® was successfully installed in the sidewalks, median and curbs in July 2012, which completes our part of this 45 m bridge project.
The Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT is a combined underground/ aboveground light rail line under construction in Toronto, Ontario. It is part of the largest light rail transit (LRT) expansion in Toronto to date with a commitment of $8.4 billion by the Government of Ontario. With its network of 52 km underground and on the street the LRT project will connect Toronto conveniently and reliable to subways, buses and GO Transit and ease traffic issues. The LRT project in Toronto is part of “The Big Move”, a 25 year, $50 billion plan to improve and transform regional transportation in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton Region. ComBAR® will be supplied for the Keelesdale Park bridge parapet walls in November 2012, a 42 m bridge with RSS walls on both sides.
The bridge will be built through Keelesdale Park, which increases environmental requirements. It will be part of the 19 km rapid transit line running through the heart of Toronto and it will connect to a ten kilometres tunnel between Keele Street and Laird Drive. The line will connect west to east from Jane Street/Black Creek Drive to Kennedy Station and will be owned by Metrolinx and operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). Construction began in summer 2011 and is expected to be completed in 2020.